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We're participating in the 2019 Hawaii Biennial (HB19) in Honolulu. The Honolulu Biennial is an international contemporary art exhibition that brings together artists from Hawaiʻi, the Pacific, Asia and the 

Americas. We will be screening Gilubong Akon Pusod sa Dagat combined with a artist talk to discuss process and issues the work tackles.



The Honolulu Biennial 2019 title is drawn from the poem Manifesto by participating Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) artist Imaikalani Kalahele.

Click here to read the poem

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Video installation at the Hub, Honolulu Biennial 2019.

Martha Atienza has received a grant from Centrum Beeldende Kunst (CBK) Rotterdam to conduct research in Hawaii. 


The Hawaii Biennial is an opportunity to extend the visit and better understand the complex social, economic and environmental context of Hawaii. When “American commercial and missionary interests, with the collusion of the forces from a US warship” overthrew the last Hawaiian monarch in 1893, resistance towards foreign occupation began. This resistance continues through opposition towards commercial and foreign activities on what is considered ancestral Hawaiian native land and waters. 


The research is rooted in the belief that our common island cultures, ancestry, colonial histories and contemporary challenges and potential brings Bantayan Island and Hawaii closer together than geographic proximity may indicate.